How Guilherme Paulus Has Had An International Impact On Tourism
Guilherme Paulus was born in São Paulo in 1949. He attended college and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After a short stint as an intern at IBM, he founded his first company which is in the tourism industry. Along with a business partner, who left after four years, he established an office right next to the exit of a movie theater so that he would have a lot of people see his business. This company is CVC Tours and it is the largest company of its kind in South America.
Before long Guilherme Paulus had locations in shopping malls across Latin America. Unlike other tourism companies, he isn’t afraid to open offices in less populated cities off the usual beaten path. In 2009 he sold part of his company to a global investment manager and in 2013 his company went public. As of 2017, his company earns around $5.2 billion in annual revenues.
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Guilherme Paulus founded another company GJP Hotels & Resorts. His first hotel was purchased in 1995 and since that time over 20 others have joined it. He leads this company as its chairman of the board and says that he makes it a point to travel to at least one of his hotels every week. He makes improvements to the operations of these hotels by talking to the staff and guests which he says always teaches him something new.
Over the years Guilherme Paulus has received awards all over the world. The government of France presented him with an award in 2012 due to his huge contributions to the tourism industry. Prefectures in Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina have formally recognized his contributions as has the city of Miami, Florida. The biggest newspaper in Brazil, Valor Econômico, gave him the title Executive of Valor. Another Brazilian publication, Viagem e Turismo of Editora Abril, named him as their Personality of the Year. He was also honored by Modern Consumer magazine who gave him their prestigious Revolutionary Consumer Relations Award. He also won Entrepreneur of the Year.